Run warm up/down 13:08  1.3 mi (10:06 / mi) +53m 8:58 / mi
Run along the roads at the Billygoat venues to wake up the legs and the various things in the legs that hurt from yesterday. And to "clear and check" in the woods.
Orienteering race 1:55:21  **** 9.5 mi (12:09 / mi) +543m 10:19 / mi
Billygoat! So what if my everything hurts from yesterday. It's the Billygoat!
Started out with the pack, hit the road, ran with the pack to 1. Looking at the map after, it looks like 1 would have been a excellent skip: there's a trail straight to 2, and you would have saved 70m of climb or so. Probably would have been a 4 or 5 minute gain.
Anyway, stayed with the pack to 2, 3 and 4, nice running in the woods, and then decided to run the trail towards 5. I saw towards and not to, because the trail didn't go to 5; it went to some cliffs near 5. Alex and Ian did too. It was a 4-5 minute mistake. Whoops. I saw Izzy and others climbing up the cliffs I was climbing down. Oh, well.
6 went very well. I took the trail and attacked off a stone wall and the line of rocks around the hill. This terrain and the mapping is excellent: everything was right where it should have been. Apparently I didn't forget how to orienteer this winter. Just how to run.
Followed to 7, icky stuff to 8, running with Ian and Evalin. I went through the woods to 9, which was fine running but slower than the trails, and made a good route to 10, spiking the control: it's nice when the terrain looks just like you think it will in the map in your head.
11 I was stupid on and went up way more than necessary, 12 and 13 were quick, and then I went to skip 14 (other obvious skips were 4 and 10, but a lot of people skipped 14). It was the right skip, but I did it stupidly, going north and doing a lot of extra climb, when there was a good trail route to the south. I navigated cleanly, but made a poor macro route choice.
Took the trail th 16, grabbed cookies (apparently I was the first one) and then Ernst and Ted caught me in to 17 and 18. We ran together for the next few controls (well, we walked up the reentrant to 20, overshooting 21 a bit low, and slogged up to the 22 fork on the hill (the right choice, it seems). Then a great run down to 23, where I decided I didn't want to risk a steep, rocky downhill and ran the trail, losing a few seconds (apparently the downhill was nice) but keeping my sanity. I navigated 24 better, and had legs to run to the trail and then on to 25 and not even have a sprint for the finish.
19th, so I should be on the controls next year. I skipped my own control! Two big mistakes (4-5, 14-15) would have gained me 10 minutes or so, and fresh legs may have been another 10. Not bad after Sisters.